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Valentine’s Mini Cakes!

We hosted a Valentine’s Day Mini Cake Workshop this past Sunday. The cakes were pretty easy to make and you could easily host this at home for your friends or little ones. Keep it really simple and buy one of those infamous cakes in a box, 3 eggs and vegetable oil. Or make it harder on yourself and bake the cake from scratch. Here’s a great recipe for a simple traditional white cake. Next, make buttercream icing, I always use the Wilton recipe, I find it quick and easy. For step by step instructions on how to make your very own mini cake visit one of our previous posts. Once your mini cake is complete all that is left is decorating it, which is really the very best part!    

DIY birthday (for big, grown-up people)

For starters, I apologize for the delay in posting. I got a little lost over the holidays and have only recently found my way back to the keyborad. I find December to be all consuming and it takes a bit of time to recover, but I’m ready to completely return to routine. I was even able to host a private dinner party recently. Putting that little extra effort into creating a special birthday for a friend is well worth it. If you would like to host a private event at our venue in the Annex, with access to our commercial kitchen please feel free to visit our Birthday page.  If you’re feeling crafty for your next party, try making a couple of these tassels to hang. Lots of websites list different ways you can create the tassel look. I was really drawn to the shiny tassel, after all which girl doesn’t like a little sparkle. Check out this DIY tassels for instructions. For mine, I used three different types of paper, wouldn’t recommend using the kraft …

Holiday Sweet Table

Our Santa event was this past Sunday and personally, my favorite part was the sweet table (I may be slightly biased towards sugar though, we have a sort of love/hate relationship). If you’re wondering how to create your very own sweet table, please see our previous post. For this one, I adamantly stuck to the red and white theme. I also chose to reduce my work load by making easy sweets, like cupcakes and gingerbread. I found these amazing printables on Etsy and used them all throughout the event – this helped with consistency and presentation, plus a bonus is how cute they are! Sometimes you just have to turn your edibles into display items only – I hot glued the gingerbread men to the skewer sticks. I also made the lollipops using red and white felt. I cut strips and then round them around each other. I glued the lollipop to a skewer stick and then wrapped them up in cellophane.

Wine and Crafts!

Is there really a better combo than wine and crafts? It may be one of my favorite pastimes and it appears I’m not the only one. Last week we hosted a wine and craft night – which featured learning how to make your own wreath. Below are some pics from the workshop, if you want step by step instructions on how to make your own wreath, please check out one of our earlier posts on DIY holiday crafts.

Halloween Sweet Table!

We’ve been hired to create a sweet table for a Halloween birthday party, we thought some of you may be interested in the step-by-step process of creating a sweet table. We did a post similar to this a while back but didn’t focus on the steps for baking  . The first step is pick your theme/colour combo and then plan your desserts/baked goods around both. It’s easy for us since the theme was already picked and we went with black and white as colours. Remember the key to a sweet table is levels! We will put our cookies on flat dishes in the front and then have a few cupcake towers and use boxes to elevate some of our other desserts. The other key thing to do is plan ahead and use your freezer!!! We have made all the sugar cookies and iced them and are now storing them in the freezer for one week. The trick to proper storage, is to use air tight containers and parchment paper between each cookie. Let them defrost …

My little Superhero

It’s hard for me to believe that my wee, little guy isn’t so little anymore. I mean in the grand scheme of things he’s still little, after all we’re not counting his grey hairs at 3 years old! However, he still seems so big compared to just a few short years ago. As they say, “the days are long, the years are short”. This year we had a superhero themed birthday party for him, it was tons of fun! The best part is that he wanted to be Wonder Woman – at least for 20 minutes before deciding he would share his costume with his big cousin (it was hers to begin with). Here are some pics from our party:       

How to Host the Perfect Fairy Party!

Is your little one obsessed with fairies? We recently hosted a birthday party for a little girl who picked fairies as her theme. We had so much fun creating her birthday and think it would be an easy party for anyone to recreate in your home. For the decorations we bought strands of fake flowers from the dollar store. We also printed out a little saying we came across, which matched our theme perfectly. All you need is Faith, Trust and a little Fairy Dust! Loot Bags: For the loot bags we made little jars of fairy dust. We bought mini glass jars from the dollar store and covered them in clear tape just to be extra cautious. We filled each jar with water a few drops of glycerin and lots of sparkles. We then hot glued the cork back into the jar to prevent spilling. We tied a purple ribbon around the jar so that it could be worn as a necklace. We also made fairy cookies, the sky is the limit on how …

Easter Egg Cookies

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll remember these cookies from Valentines Day, they were quite the hit. I decided to do them again for Easter, since they’re so easy and fun to make! Here’s the recap on how to make them: 1 batch of Sugar Cookies 1 batch of Royal Icing Icing Gels – colours of your choice – I used purple, sky blue, kelly green and yellow. An off-set spatula 5 squeeze bottles Lots of toothpicks Egg Shape Cookie Cutter I used Ms.Field’s Sugar Cookie recipe. I made the Royal Icing with 4 cups of icing sugar, 3 tablespoons of Meringue Powder, 9 tbsp of water and 1 tsp of vanilla. I separated the icing into 4 bowls and coloured them with the icing gels. I used squeeze bottles as I find they are the best for flooding cookies. I flooded each cookie with white and then made   little dots or lines in a contrasting colour. To get the different designs I simply dragged a toothpick through the icing. I’ll be honest the …

DIY Crayons!

Got a bunch of old crayons lying around the house? This is the perfect activity to do with your kiddies. Plus, pulling off the crayon wrappers will not only take a while but will also work on their fine motor skills. In addition, your kids can learn about different states of matter! There are five simple steps to this activity. 1) Pull off any paper from the crayon. 2) Break the crayons in half and place in a muffin tin. 3) Bake in the oven on a temperature lower than 250, should take about 15 minutes to melt the crayons. 4) Pop the muffin tin with the melted crayon in the freezer. 5) 30 minutes later crayons should set, voila! Brand new crayons 🙂